If it seems like Leonardo DiCaprio has been churning out one awesome movie after another for years now, well, it's because he has been. "J. Edgar," "Inception," "Shutter Island," "The Departed" "The Aviator" and next year's hotly anticipated "The Great Gatsby" -- most actors would be thrilled to have that many quality films over an entire career, much less a handful of years. The only question is, where can he go from here?
How about to the depths of hell itself?
Metaphorically speaking, of course: According to Deadline, DiCaprio is attached to star as notoriously sadistic -- and prolific -- serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of the acclaimed true crime bestseller "The Devil in the White City." Is there any juicy role DiCaprio isn't going to get?
Here's some background for the less literary among you: Written by author Erik Larson, "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" was one of the bestselling non-fiction books of the last decade. The book tells the story of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, an event that was marred -- well, actually, way, way more than marred -- by Dr. Holmes, a "Saw"-level psychopath who built an entire hotel full of gas chambers, torture rooms, doors to nowhere and even a laboratory for dissecting and performing medical experiments on his victims.
And there were plenty of victims; preying mostly on young single women visiting Chicago for the fair, Holmes is estimated to have murdered as many as 200 (!!) people before he was finally caught. All of which will provide a pretty interesting challenge for both DiCaprio and screenwriter Graham Moore.
"Holmes was a most likable guy who inwardly was a tremendous monster," Moore told Deadline. "I’m drawn to stories where the role of villain and hero get murky and I thought it would be different to tell the Holmes story from his perspective, and put a little humanity into him. That’s not easy because it’s like trying to care for a caricature and you read the book and every time he does something horrible, you read 10 pages further and he’s done something even worse.
"In my head, the most unsettling part of Holmes isn’t what he did, but in what ways we notice bits of him that exist inside us and don’t make us feel very good," Moore added.
So will fans accept DiCaprio in such an evil role? At this point, we think he can pretty much do anything, but if not, at least he has a built-in excuse: "The Devil" made him do it.
"The Devil in the White City" is tentatively scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2014.